Tokyo Gets the Olympic Offer 2020

Morgan McKinley November 15, 2013 2 mins read

Tokyo defeated Istanbul and Madrid to win the bid to host the 2020 summer Olympics. In the competitive “final interview”, Tokyo was able to capitalize on its strengths and win the approval of the “interviewer”

In the competitive “final interview”, Tokyo was able to capitalise on its strengths and win the approval of the “interviewer”, gaining for itself this daunting and exciting undertaking.

Tokyo was well-prepared for the interview. To reflect the Olympic committee’s key criteria, Tokyo made a point to emphasise tradition, stability and safety. This not only won the approval of the committee, it also drew a sharp contrast with the other two candidates. Compared with Tokyo, Istanbul’s budget of 19 billion USD looked over-ambitious, and earned mutterings of uncertainty from the committee. This is also a problem many candidates run into in the job market; overconfidence can easily leave the interviewer with an unfavourable impression, and can draw a bold question mark under a candidate’s future performance. On top of the instability in the Middle East, this factor led to Istanbul being dropped from the running. Madrid looked even less up to the formidable task—with its stricken economy, Spain lost the race before it even began.

When preparing for an interview, it’s important to:

  • focus on the core requirements emphasised by the hiring company
  • emphasise actual strengths according to the actual situation
  • not to over-perform during the interview; rather focus on communicating with the interviewer to gain more effective information and advice
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